The prepared a list of things that you should always keep in your car during these snowy months;

· Windshield scraper and snow brushCartoon
· Spare windshield washer fluid
· Food and Water
· Outdoor clothing and Footwear
· First-aid kit
· Flashlight (w/ Rayovac batteries)
· Traction aid
· Shovel
· Tow strap
· Jumper cables
· Flares, reflectors or warning lamps

These items are very handy to have in the trunk or under a seat because you never know what might happen. The other day I found myself on the side of the road in 20-degree weather with a flat tire on my way home from work. I opted to change the tire myself instead of calling roadside assistance. As I laid on the cold ground in dress pants, a nice jacket, and loafers I was wishing for pretty much everything on the list above.

The sun is setting before 4:30pm this time of year, so make sure you have a flashlight and some spare Rayovac batteries if you find yourself stranded in the dark.